AFL update on vaccination policy and what it means for community football

Action from Victorian country football. Photo: AFL Barwon

The AFL has released its COVID-19 vaccination policy for all VFL, VFLW and Talent Pathway players and football staff. As part of this, the AFL has clarified its position on vaccination requirements for community football.

The AFL will adopt the same vaccination requirements for participants in community football as those put in place by the relevant State or Territory Government for community sport.

AFL Victoria will endeavour to keep stakeholders updated with any further details regarding vaccination requirements relevant to those participating in community football competitions and programs in Victoria, based on requirements put in place by the State Government.

The current Victorian Government requirement for community sport is if venues are used for community sport (organised competitive sports with membership), patrons participating in or facilitating community sport (e.g., players, coaches, volunteers) do not need to be vaccinated to participate.

Note, some local government authorities or facility owners may require participants and people who attend community sport to be vaccinated as a condition of entry to a venue. If you are unsure, please check with your local council or facility manager.

The health and safety or our community is always the top priority and the AFL strongly encourages the community to get vaccinated if you can. This helps to protect not just you but your family, friends and people in your community.

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